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The Art of Language Invention - Exclusive Signed Edition

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  • Behind-the-scenes look at fictional language creation
  • By the creator of Dothraki for HBO's Game of Thrones
  • Exclusive signed edition for ThinkGeek language fans

The Art of Language Invention
We've been known to make up a word or two, here or there. (Hereorthere, n. A place where copywriters go to make up words.) But we're endlessly fascinated by the people who can make up entire languages for use in fiction. Tolkien, for example, how you do this?

In this (signed!) book by the bestselling author and creator of languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance, David J. Peterson offers a captivating overview of language creation, covering its history from Tolkien's creations and Klingon to today's thriving global community of conlangers (n. People who create languages.). He provides the essential tools necessary for inventing and evolving new languages, using examples from a variety of languages including his own creations, punctuated with references to everything from Star Wars to Michael Jackson.

Along the way, behind-the-scenes stories lift the curtain on how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO's Game of Thrones and Shiväisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, and an included phrasebook will jumpstart your fluency in Peterson’s constructed languages. The Art of Language Invention is an inside look at a fascinating culture and an engaging entry into a flourishing art form - and it might be the most fun you'll ever have with linguistics.

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